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The original realm of the Dúnedain of the North, Arnor, was founded in II 3320
The North-kingdom of Arnor; the Dúnedain of the North remained in this region after their kingdom was lost
Their chief city was originally at Annúminas and later at Fornost Erain1
Dúnedain is pronounced doo'nedine
Dúnedain means 'Men of the West'. This culture is styled 'of the North' to distinguish them from the Dúnedain of the South who dwelt in Gondor
Other names


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Dúnedain of the North

Descendants of the lords of Arnor

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The remnant of the Exiles of Númenor in the northern lands of Middle-earth. They raised mighty realms and lost them during the Third Age, and for the millennium before the War of the Ring, they were a wandering people. Their leader, who took the title 'Chieftain', was the descendant of the ancient King, Isildur.



These cities were in use during the height of the Northern civilization, in the time of Arnor and its successor kingdoms. By the end of the Third Age, all these places had fallen into decay, and there is no record of any permanent settlement of the Dúnedain of the North at this time.

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